The present plate is from a service of some 368 pieces made by Sèvres for Louis-René-Edouard, Prince (later Cardinal Prince) de Rohan and itemized in the sales records for 7 September 1772 at a total cost of 20,772 livres.
PROVENANCE FOR LARGE PORTIONS OF THE SERVICE:
Louis-René-Edouard, Prince (later Cardinal Prince) de Rohan.
Prince Demidoff, Palazzo San Donato, Florence.
Leopold de Rothschild, Exbury, Hampshire.
Anthony de Rothschild, Ascott Wing, England.
Mrs. Marjorie Merriweather Post, 'Hillwood', Washington, D.C.
Thelma Chrysler Foy, New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 22 May 1959, lot 431 (40 pieces).
The Estate of Jessie Woolworth Donohue, Southampton; Sotheby Parke-Bernet Inc., New York, 29 April 1972, lot 72.
Antoine-Joseph Chappuis l'aîné is recorded at Sèvres as a painter specializing in birds and flowers 1761-1787